Sunday, August 19, 2007

Geometrid caterpillar

I discovered this little beauty on one of the walking trails at the Bosque Santa Lucia this week. It's a caterpillar, but one of the odd ones called geometrid, or inch worm. I bet everyone knows the humor associated with its strange walking habits. It's suggested that the caterpillar is measuring us up for a new suit of clothes as it doubles up, moves forward, doubles up again and on and on. What makes these caterpillars different from most is that they don't have legs, only a clasper on the terminal end. Caterpillars are known for their astronomical number of muscles. I wonder why they don't move around like a snake?

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